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What exactly did Kenyon Martin expect?

Oct 2, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

We brought you news from FanHouse yesterday that Kenyon Martin was not going to be rushing back from injury to help the Nuggets because he’s miffed they elected to give Al Harrington “their money.” Martin’s in no hurry to help out the Nuggets after they failed to give him a big contract extension. Now, Kenyon Martin is a professional and thinks he does great work. He’s a proud individual who believes he’s been a huge part of the Nuggets’ success (limited though it’s been, outside of a single WCF appearance). So it’s understandable that he has these feelings about how the Nuggets haven’t rewarded him with for his efforts.

Here’s the thing. Kenyon Martin needs to chill out.

Kenyon Martin is getting $16.5 million in this, the last season of his contract. That’s about, oh, $12 million more than he’s worth at this point. And that’s fine. He signed a contract years ago, he gets the money he’s owed. That’s how this works. But Martin has played just 197 of a possible 328 games in the past four years. He averaged 12 points and 9.4 rebounds, just shy of a double-double last season, so he’s right that he’s putting in the work. He also turns 33 this year and has had his billionth knee surgery. New GM Masai Ujiri walked into a Carmelo Anthony trade demand. And KMart wanted Ujiri to make him the priority?

Martin’s asking for reasonable money, in the same line as what they gave Al Harrington. You know, a younger player that can put more points on the board (though not nearly as many rebounds). They addressed what they felt was a need. Martin has every right to want a contract extension. But to act spurned, as if some wrong has been done to him because the Nuggets didn’t make a 33 year old forward with massive injury issues their contract priority? It’s just typical KMart.

  1. nay99 - Oct 2, 2010 at 1:38 PM

    K-Mart does need to chill out. Melo needs to chill out too. It wasn’t like they weren’t competing, but I guess the cavs were competitive too last season. Anyway, poor George Karl, first the cancer now this stress w/mart and melo. A good read is here. http://www.lowpostnews.com/bulls/save-the-melo-drama-for-your-mama/

  2. Pointingoutreality - Oct 2, 2010 at 2:12 PM

    K-mart was overpaid in that old contract and him demanding contract extention while he never reach allstar game since 2004 and that was on the nets …he need to shut up and put in work on the court to justify a extention…

  3. Zack - Oct 2, 2010 at 2:44 PM

    Such a career underachiever, so much talent, too many injuries and too big of a mouth.
    Put on another armband and shut up

  4. King Carter - Oct 2, 2010 at 2:53 PM

    Kenyon Martin at this point in time is not benifiting the Nuggets @ all. He’s been plauged w/ injuries and has a habit of saying or doing for attention.I think that the whole situation in D-town sux from kenyon to the day to day circus that is Melo Watch 2010.This is hurting the overall chemistry w/ players and fans and is creating ditractions in which i belive will spill onto the court this fall. We’ll see where were at when the dust settles but as of now it doesn’t seem that the whole team is in the mind set of winning a championship,and is that not what they play 4??

  5. King Carter - Oct 2, 2010 at 2:54 PM

    Kenyon Martin at this point in time is not benifiting the Nuggets @ all. He’s been plauged w/ injuries and has a habit of saying or doing for attention.I think that the whole situation in D-town sux from kenyon to the day to day circus that is Melo Watch 2010.This is hurting the overall chemistry w/ players and fans and is creating ditractions in which i belive will spill onto the court this fall. We’ll see where were at when the dust settles but as of now it doesn’t seem that the whole team is in the mind set of winning a championship,and is that not what they play 4??

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